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Updates from Heritage
Arts organizations wonder if their current grants from Canadian Heritage can ‘eat the costs’ of unanticipated costs related to a funded program/operations (e.g. contractual payments before cancellation agreements kick-in, etc.)
Canadian Heritage’s grants and contributions money will still flow to cover eligible costs incurred and reasonable costs of cancellations up to the total amount of the grant or contribution. Unused funds after cancellations should be returned. Organisations must notify the Department of Canadian Heritage by email if their event is being cancelled. Each situation will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the obligations of the funding agreement. We’ve also heard that some events are going ahead with major changes to their programming. Funding agreements for grants and contributions provide flexibility to adjust to situations that may cause the original scope of activities to change significantly. Mitigation measures could include a change to the activities while still meeting the expected results of the project or a reduction in the level of funding provided. I’d recommend that organisations contact their assigned program or regional officer to discuss their specific case to make sure they get the most accurate information available.
As Canadian Heritage doesn’t typically fund artists directly, how would self-employed/gig-economy arts workers (those with low-income or otherwise) be financially supported in this time of loss? Similarly, if anything is being planned to help arts organizations recover losses.
Minister Guilbeault is talking to his colleagues in Cabinet about solutions that could support contract workers. It is certainly a big consideration for people who work in the arts and culture industries. I’ll give you an update once more information is available.
The arts sector is looking for an immediate announcement from the Canada Council for the Arts on policies related to unanticipated costs (like Question 1 above), support for shortfalls, and how the Council will be assessing applications moving forward now that recipients plan on a deficit. Their current FAQ primarily addresses travel, and not project/core grants more broadly. I’ve already reached out to the Council to ask about this. We are not sure to what extent you’ve been in communication with the Council. I trust that the Council is already doing their own communications planning before getting back to the sector, but I’ve been asked by a few people to reach out to you to ensure the Council communicates their leadership on this issue soon.
I spoke with Canada Council earlier this afternoon to learn more about their plan for supporting individual artists and artistic organisations. The FAQs they put out are part of multiple steps they’re taking. They’re working on measures to address some of the concerns that you have highlighted.